Terrorism, Profiling the Obvious Perpetrators Thereof:
This whole "don't bother looking at Muslim men because if we do they'll just start using Big Squareheaded Swedes" has got to be the dumbest argument I've ever heard for or against anything in my life.
It's like a cop getting a report that a bank in his area was just robbed by a guy with a big Santa Claus beard, then walking by a guy on his beat with a big Santa Claus beard but not bothering to stop and question him because "he can just shave it off later on today".
Dumb. Simply dumb.
It's war, morons. Make the enemy react to YOU.
The Health Care Bill:
Hard to say anything that hasn't already been said. It's disgusting, it's dangerous, it's crooked, it's unaffordable, it's embarrassing for the lickspittles who got their public handjobs, it's empowering for the State, it's 100% part of the opposite strategy to Reagan's "Starve the Beast" (see also the "stimulus" bills and "cap & trade"), it's likely to destroy the Democratic Party for a decade to come and this administration for the remainder of its reign, and I think it's going to pass and then be struck as unConstitutional in the next couple of years. Where's the authority or precedent for the FedGov requiring me to buy a product or service?
So I'm angry, but not panicked. Maybe I should be both, but I'm not. But I'm pretty darned angry so maybe that makes up for the not-panicky part.
Like I said above, an ill wind is blowing from D.C. that is going to sweep a lot of its soldiery into the discard bin, including our Prime Leader, President Obama. No way he gets a second term the way he pisses on the country and its people every day. People expect insulting ugly scolding from Don Rickles, and pay for it, but a President can't show contempt for his audience that way.
Plus I honestly think the same thing I thought during his campaign - he's way over his head, and really pissed off that this job he wanted is harder than he thought. And I don't think he wants to be the leader of a bunch of people that don't realize how awesomely great he is.
If 2010 is as great a year electorally as it is shaping up to be right now for the Republican party, look for one mighty petulant president taking his ball and going home in 2011 and -12.
I've been explaining why anthro global warming is bunk for almost 20 years to friends and unfortunate readers of various internet forums I've been on. Quite honestly now that the cat is out of the bag I feel a little enervated by it all. Plus Borepatch is doing such an awesome and methodical job of it there's not much I can contribute. I guess I'm left with more of the same I've said for years: AGW is a poor theory that was shot down in the minds of anyone who understood the scientific method decades ago.
Of course, now that it's part of the Holy Religion of the Environment, reality might not have much of a chance against it even now.